South Park Studios Sued for Copyright Infringement
According to a lawsuit issued on October 2nd, Exavier Wardlaw is charging South Park Studios, along with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, with Copyright Infringement.
WARDLAW v. SOUTH PARK STUDIOS et al
Plaintiff: EXAVIER WARDLAW
Defendants: SOUTH PARK STUDIOS, TREY PARKER and MATT STONE
Case Number: 2:2012cv05617
Filed: October 2, 2012
Court: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court
Office: Philadelphia Office
Presiding Judge: MARY A. MCLAUGHLIN
Nature of Suit: Intellectual Property – Copyrights
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
Jury Demanded By: None
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Wardlaw claims that like many of the other characters they ‘borrowed’ in Imaginationland, a three-part South Park special which aired in 2007, The Lollipop King did not come from their imagination but from his.
Exavier Wardlaw insists that The Lollipop King is bastardization of Big Bad Lollipop, a character he says originated from his show called “The Lollipop Forest”. Wardlaw claims South Park’s “unwholesome language and sexual innuendo” has sullied the reputation of his Big Bad Lollipop and he is demanding justice.
This is not the first brush with the law for the South Park family. Most recently, Brownmark Films attempted to sue Viacom and Comedy Central. South Park parodied the viral video “What What (in the Butt)”, in a 2008 episode entitled “Canada on Strike”, with Butters in place of internet sensation, Samwell. The case was dismissed in 2011 but earlier this year Brownmark Films attempted to appeal the decision. Not only were they denied, but they were also ordered to pay Viacom’s legal fees.
Judge Richard Cudahy explains,”When the two works in this case are viewed side-by-side, the South Park episode is clearly a parody of the original ‘WWITB’ video, providing commentary on the ridiculousness of the original video and the viral nature of certain YouTube videos.”
Tags: Matt Stone, South Park, Trey Parker